The life and times of Thomas Sankara - Africa's Che Guevara. In four years in power, Sankara doubled the number of children in schools in his country, vaccinated 2 million children, increased cereal production by 78%, reduced infant mortality, redistributed land from feudal landlords to peasants and planted 10 million trees. Find out more about one of Africa's unsung heroes from Lassane Ouedraogo.
Lassane was a Young Pioneer during the times of Thomas Sankara's Revolution in the 1980's. He was a member of the Revolutionaries Defence Committee and Delegate, Councillor and National Executive General Secretary of the Organisation of the Democratic Rally of Faso (RDF) before coming to Ireland in 2007 as a refugee.
He has struggled for a lifetime for human rights both in Burkina Faso and in Ireland, being most recently active working with the Irish Refugee Council as National Coordinator on the Campaign to End Direct Provision.
He is a member of Comhlàmh and currently a Board member of the Africa Centre. He is also currently undertaking B.A. Honours in International Relations Studies in Dublin City University (DCU).
The event was organised by Comhlamh as part of Culture Night 2015.